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Student Learning & Curriculum

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Student learning is our highest priority. We strive in 糖心vlog破解版 to create inclusive and equitable environments for all students to feel safe and supported in order for each child to grow and find success.聽 Our school district is committed to providing engaging personalized learning opportunities for all of our students.

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

In September 2023, the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care introduced a new K 鈥 12 Student Reporting Policy.聽 Student reporting is the assessment and communication of student learning. The goal of communicating student learning (CSL) is to ensure that:

  • students take part in meaningful conversations that help them develop responsibility for engaging deeply with their learning
  • parents and caregivers are well informed, are involved in decisions and dialogue about their child’s learning, and understand ways to support and further their child’s learning

Learn more about the changes to student reporting by reviewing the 聽downloading the , or by reading the 糖心vlog破解版 Parent Guides below.

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Additional Information of ‘Why’ the Shift from Letter Grades in K-9 to the Proficiency Scale

The scale was piloted and parents were consulted:聽The province has been piloting changes to the Student Report Policy, including the use of the Provincial Proficiency Scale for Grades K-9 for the past several years. Throughout the development process,聽The Ministry of Education and Child Care聽have surveyed parents at multiple points and collaborated with the BC Confederation Of Parent Advisory Councils to do focus groups with parents and to hear their needs.

The scale unifies all other scales so every student has the same experience in BC schools:聽After extensive consultation and piloting, which included parents and caregivers throughout, it was decided by聽The Ministry of Education and Child Care聽that the Provincial Proficiency Scale will be used in grades K-9 in all BC schools moving forward. The Provincial Proficiency Scale unifies all BC schools on one scale, rather than the innumerable locally developed scales that are being used throughout the province in K-9, as well as the Ministry-mandated performance scale that was previously used in K-3.

The policy is research-based:聽Prior to the outset of piloting the upcoming reporting changes, the Ministry partnered with three post-secondaries to do a literature scan of best practices in assessment and reporting. You can find a summary, with citations on the聽Ministry website.

BC is a high-performing education system and is joining other high-performing jurisdictions:聽 British Columbia is part of a movement of high-performing jurisdictions around the world that are using a variety of modernized reporting practices to communicate student learning and help all students achieve their full potential. New Zealand implemented a new reporting policy in January 2023. This policy emphasizes descriptive feedback instead of letter grades or percentages.聽 In Finland, students in Grades comprehensive school (years 1-9 are also graded on a 7-point scale instead of using letter grades or percentages.聽聽Japan, has shifted their reporting practice in the same direction, as B.C. They use a 5-point scale to communicate student learning and take it even further with reports generally being focused on learning habits and聽behaviour, rather than a student鈥檚 marks. Singapore has followed suit. The shifts coming to BC are in alignment with all other high-performing jurisdictions, and based on global research of what competencies today鈥檚 learners need now to be successful in an ever-changing future.

Kids going abroad for school won鈥檛 be disadvantaged:聽Letter grades and percentages will remain in Grades 10-12. The Ministry of Education and Child Care has been working with the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education & Future Skills, as well as international organizations like the NCAA to ensure BC students will be successful in their transition to post-secondary and life after high school.聽BC has been piloting these assessment and reporting changes in BC schools since 2016. During this time, Canada remains a top-performing country in reading literacy, math, and sciences, with BC typically outperforming all other jurisdictions. There are two sources of comparative performance data: the PCAP鈥攐ur own Pan-Canadian Assessment Program and PISA鈥攖he OECD鈥檚聽Programme聽of International Student Assessment. The PISA results show Canada outperforming all other G7 countries (Canada, US, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Japan) in reading, only coming second to Japan in math and science. British Columbia specifically achieved significantly higher average reading scores than all G7 members. The 2019 PCAP results paint a similar picture.

Who to talk to about specific, classroom-based experiences:聽As for the specific experience of understanding your child鈥檚 specific report card, or for a better understanding of how your child is doing. Your child鈥檚 teachers and school leaders will be best equipped to answer your specific questions about what instruction, report cards, and reporting look like in your child’s classroom.